Nanny state in Boston; where were ‘militia’?

“Liberty does not make men happy; it makes them men.” Manuel Azana, one-time Prime Minister of Spain, and staunch constitutionalist, said those words in 1935. They are still true of men and women, today. But for how long will we have our liberties?

April 19, 2013. Thousands of people cower in their homes. Some 4,000 heavily armed police officers, many in armored personnel carriers, resembling more an Army than a police force, patrol the streets. Large portions of a major American city are shut down for hours in an illegal, undeclared declaration of martial law.

The search for Suspect Two in the Boston Marathon bombing wasn’t just a victory for terrorism, it was a victory for the Nanny State.

People propagandized to believe that the government should take care of them were eager to hunker down like children ducking under the blankets when the Nanny cries, “boogyman!”

Where were the militiamen of June 17, 1775, who kept a loaded weapon by the door, who were experienced in its use, and who were ready to take it up in defense of themselves, their homes and families, and their liberty?

Where were the militiamen — citizen soldiers not part of a government army — who fought at every turn in this nation’s war for independence?

Where were the militiamen of whom the Second Amendment to the Constitution speaks? Where were they, and how different might things have been had they been there?

We have become a nation overrun by sheep: sheep who sit silently while the Nanny State grows in power, sheep who remain complacent as the Nanny State erodes our freedoms, sheep who elected the current Congress and administration because of promises to be taken care of, to be supported from cradle to grave.

These sheep collectively are the bellwether that is leading to its doom the grand experiment that is the Republic of the United States of America.

“It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.” Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda from 1933—1945 said this, and understood it.

So have and do those who would swaddle us in the comfortable blanket of the Nanny state.

The greatest difference between the rise of Germany’s National Socialism and the conditions that exist today may be that Goebbels didn’t have the power of the Internet and of social media.

Think of what contribution they made to the abortive, so-called “Arab Spring.” Think of what they are doing in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.

This is no longer about Red versus Blue, of Democrat versus Republican, of conservative versus liberal. It is about the life of this nation.

We must take back our government, and our nation.

Paul Lentz, curmudgeon

Peachtree City, Ga.

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From what I remember reading

From what I remember reading about the Boston Marathon Bombing, the whole city kept watch for the bombers from their homes. It paid off too. If you believe ‘reconnaissance’ is a legitimate role for a militiaman, then I guess you could say almost everyone in the city of Boston ‘was’ serving as militiamen in those days.

I think the reason they put 4000 police officers on it was to reduce the bombers chances of getting away or killed by vigilantes.

BTW, We probably had, at least that many officers involved during the ‘1996 Olympic Park Bombing’ in Atlanta. The bomber got away initially but captured, (years later, in 2003,) as he feasted from a dumpster buffet, in the back of a grocery store in South Carolina.

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Wonder who paid for Auntie's funeral?

Since 'we' the taxpayers took care of Auntie while she was living, did our largess follow through with a nice funeral?

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mymite-Auntie Zeituni's funeral

Another story had a quote from her nephew-financed attorney which said Zeituni's family is making funeral arrangements, which are being complicated because of her estrangement from her husband's side of the family.

Who knew she was married?

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Auntie Zeituni has passed

on to the next world. One where she won't need that ebt card or fake SS card or attorneys paid by her nephew in DC.

Sayonara, sweetie. You had it real good while it lasted.

http://bostonherald.com/comments/1064124936#disqus_thread

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MLC- Tax Break?

Maybe now we can get a tax break?????

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EEB

By golly, in about 3 years maybe! Vote early and vote often!

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Terrorists, Obama and his Auntie Zeituni

It is about red vs. blue. Read the column below in the Boston Globe about the massive abuses of public assistance program in Massachusetts. Notice the mention of Obama's aunt who has lived off that same program while holing up here illegally.

As long as this country allows those such as Deval Patrick (D-Gov. of Ma.) and Obama into positions of power we will continue to aid more of the same that enabled these terrorists.

Anyone think Obama wants any expose done on the same system that has kept his aunt clothed and fed and housed in Ma. for over 20 years? I don't.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2013/05/carr_...

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bigger fish to fry

The financial industry plus the super rich are taking vastly more of the money in our economy. That means there is less for you and I who work to spend on goods and services and make the system work. Wages have not risen in 30+ years.
Your civil liberties are evaporating by the hour. Law enforcement can get your information without a warrant. This is because we are supposedly being hard on terror.
Too many people are thinking there enemies look different. You are missing the forest for the trees.

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truthseeker7 - Really?

Looking at Massachusetts' budget, I didn't see George Soros' name mentioned anywhere. But seriously, their continued spending on social schemes has left them few options to reconcile their growing budget deficit. And yes, raising taxes for the average person in Massachusetts - as it would anywhere - negates any wage increase.

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Vigilante Justice What could go wrong

A mythical time when men were men and women were what they should be. The truth is violent crime was significantly higher in decades past. The fall off may be due in part to people understanding that it is better to have people trained in doing a dangerous job safely.

What if someone runs into your local industrial job site and hops on some heavy equipment and decides to help?

Angry people with guns are even better. Reddit (an internet message board [for the cretans and curmudgeons]) went after innocent people who's only crime was having olive colored skin and having a son who died.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/19/17826915-missing-brown-univer...

"The republic" has nothing to do with a nanny state and more to do with a mythical imagined past which was more violent and less just.

I think that waiting for the authorities to do their job is the mark of a civilized society; Along with authorities who actually really do their job.

"We must take back our government, and our nation" from whom? The lobbyists? The people who think it is stupid to put bullet holes in everything that moves? The people who think that we should probably have a world with less testosterone and more cool heads? The people who think that society should be civilized and less brutal and stupid?

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truthseekr7

"I think that waiting for the authorities to do their job is the mark of a civilized society; Along with authorities who actually really do their job." Folks like Pol Pot and Herr Goebbels did a fine job as did the rest of those in authority with them, and their societies were civilized. Do you require additional examples?
You and I can agree that vigilante justice is no more than an angry mob having its way, but we would disagree about your imagined past being more violent and less just than today.
Governments and those representing us must understand that those governed have limits of tolerance.

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Limits of tolerance? Would

Limits of tolerance? Would an example of this be a city council’s unanimous vote for a 100%, pay increase?

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Mr. Lentz - You're

rambling.

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A Hard Sell

So, aiding the police by staying out of their way and refraining from distractions when they are conducting a successful mission is somehow a disgrace? Remember that General Stonewall Jackson was shot mistakenly by Confederate soldiers.

How many militia men were needed to supplement 4,000 police officers to hunt down a single wounded boy?

And that staunch liberal, Joseph Goebbels, advocated a nanny state?

Better come up with some more compelling arguments to sell this one.

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Aiding the police by staying out of their way.....?

Would someone explain why it took 4000 police officers to subdue one wounded teenager? Perhaps if they were under the control of the likes of Herr Goebbels, as too many were last century, then our liberal friends might just begin to wonder where those armed militiamen are when they're needed.

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Self-identification

The author of this article self-identified himself as a curmudgeon .

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cur·mudg·eon
/kərˈməjən/
Noun
A bad-tempered or surly person.
Synonyms
niggard - miser - skinflint - tightwad

Really? Interesting.